Despite all the difficulties surrounding that notorious 'second album', Wolfmother have gone and made a very strong album, which may be a surprise to those (including me!) who thought that they'd struggle to reach the heights of their excellent debut, particularly with a new line-up too. Yet while Cosmic Egg doesn't entirely match those heights, it is a remarkably strong effort, an impression that grows after repeated listens; admittedly I was unsatisfoed on first hearing the album.
To put it plainly, if you like Wolfmother, you will thoroughly enjoy this album. This is partly due to the fact that, despite the aformentioned line-up change, the key piece of the jigsaw remains: Andrew Stockdale. Wolfmother just wouldn't be the same without his potent vocals. It is an album full of the riffs and distinctive vocals that we have come to expect from the band, and although you might expect this heavy style to become a little tiring after 12 tracks, there is enough ingenuity to maintain the listeners' interest, which is certainly aided by quieter songs, such as 'In the Morning' and 'Far Away'. Other highlights are 'California Queen', Sundial', '10,000 Feet' and 'Cosmic Egg'.
Finally, this isn't a review that simply compares Wolfmother to a host of old bands - is it just me who finds these relentless comparisons somewhat tiresome? They are there own band, and deserve credit for adopting their own style, which, after producing an album of this quality, they clearly have in abundance.